Anatomy of a Thesis Statement - Oakton Community College

Anatomy of a Thesis Statement - Oakton Community College

Structure of a Thesis Statement EGL 101 Function of a Thesis Statement

Tells the reader about your essays topic. Presents your attitude, feeling, idea, opinion, or point of view about that topic.

Parts of a Thesis Statement A thesis statement has three main parts: Topic Verb

Attitude, idea, feeling, opinion, or point of view Constructing a Thesis Statement First, state your

Topic Constructing a Thesis Statement Second, choose a Topic + verb

Constructing a Thesis Statement Third, express your Topic + verb + attitude, feeling, idea, opinion, or point of view.

A Constructed Thesis Statement Topic + verb + attitude, feeling, idea, opinion, or point of view. Example

Owning a pet + has + several important benefits. Example Our company president + should be fired + for

three main reasons. Example Our cafeteria + would be improved + if several changes were made.

Example Celebrities + are + often poor role models because of the way they dress, talk, and behave.

Thesis Statement v. Topic Sentence A thesis statement applies to an entire essay. A topic sentence applies only to a single

paragraph within an essay.

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